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Student president of University of Utah impeached for low GPA

Published: Friday, May 24 2013 6:45 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah's newly elected student body president was impeached Wednesday by the school's elected student government after failing to maintain a minimum grade-point average.

Nick Ferre was removed from his presidency Wednesday after a vote by the elected senate of the Associated Students of the University of Utah, ASUU programming adviser Brian Burton said. The vote by the student senate followed a similar action by the school's elected student assembly after Ferre's GPA fell bellow a 2.5.

"It was found in that routine check that the president’s GPA did not meet that minimum requirement," Burton said.

Ferre was elected in March and, absent his impeachment, would have served in the position of president until April 2014, Burton said. In accordance with the ASUU constitution, commonly known as the Redbook, the elected vice president of ASUU, Sam Ortiz, has been sworn in as student president.

Burton said a new vice president will be selected by Ortiz from the current ranks of the university's student government, with the vacancy being filled based on March's election results.

"The process is certainly there in place to avoid any major interruptions in the day-to-day operations of ASUU in representing the student body," Burton said.

— Benjamin Wood

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